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Researcher Patrick Krill says the rate of depression among lawyers is about three times higher than in the general U.S. population.

According to University of Copenhagen researchers, a genetic mutation about 10,000 years ago is the cause of all the people with blue eye color.

Barney Gumble on The Simpsons was based on the Crazy Guggenheim character on The Jackie Gleason Show played by Frankie Fontaine.

Computer engineer Raymond Tomlinson sent the first email in 1971 on ARPANET, the predecessor of the internet. He is responsible for selecting the @ symbol for email addresses, and it stuck, despite a brief period in the Eighties when some service providers tried using exclamation points and percent signs instead.

Gallerie, a store in Osaka, Japan, recently held a "fuckin' sale" (that's what their English signs said), but quickly corrected the faux pas. It was a pun on fukubukuro: "lucky bags." It's a New Year's tradition for Japanese retailers to put last year's overstock into grab bags and sell them at a discount.

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